One Photo: The Cowlitz River Near Packwood

Cowlitz River Near Packwood

Driving down Highway 12 on the west side of White Pass brought a special treat, the turquoise water of the Cowlitz River. There were so many spots to pull off and get a photo, but this one is right near the green metal bridge between Packwood and Randle.

This water flows right from the slopes of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. It’s cold and refreshing. And it’s also beautiful. Extremely beautiful.

One Photo:  A Secluded Pond Near Stevens Pass

Smithbrook - Pond
Stevens Pass is one of the main East-West routes across the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.  Lake Wenatchee is a popular destination near there and the route usually taken is to travel about 20 miles east of the summit of the pass on Highway 2, and then turning towards Lake Wenatchee State Park at Coles Corner.

Another route though during the warmer months is called Smithbrook and is a gravel ed forest service road.  It’s a shorter route, but because of the road being more winding and a slower speed, it takes about the same amount of time.

Very near where you crest the mountain range separating Stevens Pass from the area that drains into Lake Wenatchee is this scenic little pond.  This photo is taken right from the road.  The pond is strewn with lily pads and is calm and serene, half surrounded by tall evergreens.

Going to have to take that off the beaten path shortcut again some day.

One Photo:  A Crowded Crescent Bar Beach

A summer day saw us drop down off of Highway 28 in Eastern Washington into the vacation getaway of Crescent Bar.  This particular Saturday saw this little vacation spot absolutely packed.  The beach here is at the edge of the Columbia River and the inlet of water that allows boats to access the marina.

The scene looks like a multitude of memories being made as people from all walks of life cool themselves in the water or warm themselves in the sun.

One Photo:  The Pybus Public Market Sign In Wenatchee

At NWRoadtrips, we love signs.  This includes modern signs, neon signs, vintage signs, traffic signs, historical signs, and ghost signs.  The “Public Market” sign at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee is one of the great signs in Washington State.

Looking up into Wenatchee towards the hillsides beyond is a great way to view the sign.  It dominates the local scenery when you stand in the parking lot of this very fun attraction.  A nice bonus is that you can check out the sign, get a snack or a drink, and take a walk along the Columbia River all from this one spot.

One Photo:  Concrete Silos in Concrete, Washington

This is another one of those road trip photo ops that just jumps right out at you.  On a drive along Highway 20 through the Concrete, Washington area, a huge and dominant structure looms right over the road.

This is another one of those things you stumble across on a road trip that has almost everything.  First, there’s the historic nature of the structure and how it ties back to the early development of the Skagit Valley and the famous hydroelectric dams found throughout the region.  Second, there’s the famous Hollywood movie relationship the concrete silo and welcome sign has.  Third, there’s the way it just dominates the local scenery.  Fourth, there’s the impressiveness of the structure, especially for the time it was built.

There are a lot more things to like about this photo subject too.  Something for everyone, really.  And it’s the kind of thing that’s hard to drive by without stopping and capturing with your camera.

One Photo:  Bicycles Turned Into Colorful Art In Skykomish

Sometimes passing by a little example of public art is an immediate call to stop and take a picture.  That’s what happened last year when I pulled off Highway 2 in Skykomish.  There, right in front of a beautiful, orange Burlington Northern train was something even more colorful, multi-colored bicycles attached to a fence!

I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t know the story behind this cart project, but I admired the time and effort it took to create such a sight.

It grabbed my eye and lured me in.  And isn’t that one of the goals of almost any work of art?

One Photo:  Who Is Watching Who In Ocean Shores?

I pulled up to the stop sign in Ocean Shores and this cute little deer stopped nibbling on the grass and our eyes locked.  I couldn’t resist the impulse and this photo had to be taken.

There’s a lot to see in Ocean Shores, Washington and the deer who wander all over the sandy peninsula are a fun little bonus.  This got me thinking later thiugh, that’s just my perspective.  What’s the deer’s view on the tourists and locals who stop to watch them or take their photos?

Silly humans, shouldn’t you be foraging for food or looking for a place to bed down for the night?!

Come to think of it, as I was running into town for a bite to eat before checking into my vacation rental, the deer and I were kind of on the same track.

One Photo:  Wheat Surrounds Vintage Barn Art

I really didn’t have a chance here.  There were too many things that jumped out as I was driving through Waterville, Washington

First, there’s the obvious.  Some great old barn art that tells a fun story regarding days gone by.  Second, the owner knows how cool what he has is and has restored the old advertising so it looks brand new!  Third, the golden wheat that surrounds the barn turns what is essentially a view of a sign into a scenic vista.  Fifth, the lack of anything significant in the background adds to the feeling of remoteness.

Yeah, I didn’t have a chance hete.  Some photo opportunities you find and some find you.